Revitalizing Spring Yoga Flow: 8 Poses for Balancing Kapha
Like tiny green shoots, we emerge from the dark period of winter and return to the budding of new life in spring. As the days become longer, we have the opportunity to restore ourselves physically and energetically. The following sequence incorporates poses to wring out any stagnancy from winter to make room for new growth. Seated poses can be done in a chair or on the floor, sitting on a cushion or the edge of a folded blanket for additional support.
Seated Three-Part Breath (Dirgha Pranayama)
Three-Part Breath will help calm your mind, reduce anxiety, and encourage fresh oxygen to flow through your body to leave you feeling cleansed and detoxified.
Sit comfortably with a straight and strong spine. Close your eyes and place one hand on your belly and the other on your heart. Take a deep and slow inhale through your nose and feel your belly grow outward, your ribcage expand and your chest rise. Exhale slowly through your nose feeling your belly and ribcage slowly contract and your chest release. Continue to move through this three-part breath maintaining awareness to each breath for a cycle of five deep breaths.
Set an intention for yourself as you enter this new season: What are you bringing back to life? How do you intend to welcome the light back in? Remain here for 6-10 breaths.
Seated Spinal Twist (Parivrtta Sukhasana)
Twists are detoxifying and cleansing to your inner organs and lymphatic system.
On an inhale, float both arms up to shoulder height, palms facing downward. As you exhale, turn your head and torso to the right, bringing your left hand to the right upper chest and right hand to the chair (or floor). Inhale back to center with arms lifted. Next exhale to the left, bringing the right hand to the left upper chest. Repeat two to four more times to each side, staying for 3-5 breaths on the last repetition.